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christmas day than any other day of the year? people are traveling more than usual, they're carrying heavy luggage, walking long distances in airports. there's also the added stress of family, heavy meals and alcohol. so obviously try and keep the stress, fatty foods and alcohol to a minimum. also, manage your expectations when it comes to relationships, especially in your family. ask for help with your luggage. pay attention to the symptoms of a heart attack. chest pain, yes. but also shortness of breath, sweating, nausea. anything that comes on suddenly is unusual. if you're concerned, go to the hospital. they're going to be working there, whether you come in or not. that's going to wrap things up for "sgmd." stay connected. let's keep the conversation going on twitter at dr.sanj dr.sanjaygupta. now for your top stories in the cnn "newsroom." hello, i'm don lemon, you're in the cnn "newsroom." the last of the victims of the connecticut mass shooting are
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being laid to rest. funerals for three little girls were held today. but as families say their final goodness, the debate over gun control is just heating up. on friday, the national rifle association weighed, making it clear the organization would not budge an inch on gun control. more on that conversation here on cnn in just a moment. the physicianel california divten days away. president obama and house speaker john boehner thousands of miles away from each other. both men left washington for the holidays. president obama and family are in his native hawaii for a short christmas break. we'll have a live report from hawaii and the latest on the fiscal cliff talks a few minutes as well. it's official. bp oil company will pay up to the tune of $7.8 billion. that is a class action settlement amount they agreed to pay, about 100,000 businesses and individuals hurt by the biggest oil spill in american history. a federal judge formized the settlement yesterday. a lot of gulf coast residents opted out of the class action
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suit and are pursuing lawsuits on their own. in egypt today, more effects of a brand-new government's growing pains. the vice president is out. he is stepping down there. this man, mahmud mechanicy announced political life does not agree with him, and he'll go back to being a judge. it's the same day the egyptian people are voting for a second straight weekend on proposed changes to the country new islamist backed constitution. egypt's new president gave himself near absolute power. a former u.s. marine who spent four months in a mexican prison is free today. jon hammer was locked up in august on weapons charges. his family says he was physically abused in custody, threatened, chained to a bed and never saw a judge. u.s. lawmakers and diplomats got involved on ma'am hammer's behalf and convinced mexican authorities to release him.
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[ bells tolling ] >> america is pausing to remember the newtown shooting victims. church bells rang out friday exactly one week after the tragedy. flags remained at half staff. many websites even went dark. people all over the country observed a moment of silence for the 20 children and 6 educators. today there is a walk for peace in newtown, and three more children will be laid to rest. ana grace marquez-green, who lost to count and sing. josephine grace gay, who celebrated her 7th birthday. and emilie alice parker. lots of backlash for the nra for their statement friday. gabby and i are extremely disappointed by the nra's defiant suppose. they could have chosen to be a voice for the own members who want common sense, reasonable safeguards on deadly firearms.
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but instead it chose to defend extreme pro gun positions that aren't even popular among the law-abiding gun owners it represents. the national rifle association is speaking out on the massacre, saying the answer is to deploy armed guards at schools. and they're not the only ones joining the debate. >> columbine. >> virginia tech. >> tucson. >> aurora. >> ft. hood. >> oak creek. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> how many more? >> how many more? >> how many more colleges? >> how many more classrooms? >> how many more movie theatres? >> how many more houses of faith? >> how many more shopping malls? >> how many more street corners? >> how many more? >> how many more? >> enough. >> enough. >> enough. >> well, this group of artists joined mayors against illegal guns in a demand and planned campaign. it was started by new york city mayor michael bloomberg and thomas nunino in 2006 but
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gaining momentum. susan candiotti joins me from new york. as i read about these funerals and the children, the details, it's just still overwhelming. that press conference yesterday, it was the most ridiculous thing i've ever seen from anyone, including especially the nra. is your plan to focus on gun control -- is it a move to help safety in school? what's going on here? >> well, we'll have to find out, i guess. in the wake of the tragedy of sandy hook elementary in connecticut, the nra, a lot of people thought, would offer some concessions and maybe depart from its hard line stance against gun control. but that didn't happen. nra leadership made no mention of a proposed assault weapon ban or tougher background checks or restricting the size of high-capacity magazines. instead saying the best way to protect children is to put armed police officers at every school. >> the only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is
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to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away or from a minute away? >> now, senator richard blumenthal of connecticut says armed guards are not the answer, and will not protect children. >> the nra statement today is sadly and shamefully inadequate, calling for more guns and rejecting real action against gun violence. at a defining, historic moment for our nation, demanding courageous leadership, the nra has declined to step forward as
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a creditable and constructive partner. >> after making a lengthy statement attacking the media, violent video games and music videos, the nra did not take any questions from reporters. >> nra, stop killing our children. it's the nra -- >> reporter: as you can see, twice protesters interrupted the statement. heavy emotions about the newtown massacre are spilling over. >> this is my nra club card. i want to show you my tribute and how outraged i am at the loss of life in newtown. connecticut. this is what i'm going to do with this card. that's it. >> now, while many gun owners
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agree with the nra stance that retired police officer from michigan that you saw sent cnn a video he made where he cuts up his nra card. don? >> listen, about putting armed guards in school. that has been proposed before. so it's nothing new. and it's good at least they tried to do something. but they took no personal responsibility. and no intro aspects at all. it was disgusting to most americans. is there any evidence at all that putting armed guards in school will protect children? >> i mean, there just doesn't seem to be any evidence of it. certainly senator bloumenthal doesn't think so and we didn't get a chance to ask questions of the nra, because they didn't take questions from reporters. plenty of parents would not be comfortable with certainly having more guns in schools. for example, in the shooting at columbine high in 1999, don, you'll remember, there was an armed guard at the school, and 13 people died. now, still, there are plenty of gun rights supporters who think
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the nra's proposal will make schools safer and that gun control is not the answer. >> susan candiotti, thank you very much. lots more on gun control. at 10:00, i'll talk with a gun range owner. also, this provocative question for you. are you ready? should white men be profiled? it's a conversation you won't want to miss coming up tonight at 10:00. tomorrow, senator joe lieberman joins our candy crowley to talk about the culture of violence in america. and she'll also be joined by the head of the nra's national school shield program, sunday 9:00 a.m. eastern and noon eastern as well. all right. so how far are we from a physicifiscal cliff deal? president obama and john boehner talked yesterday, their first conversation since monday when the two sides offered up concessions on tax hikes for the wealthy. boehner offered lower tax rates for people earning up to $1 million a year.
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the president offered lower tax rates for people earning up to $400,000 a year, plus tweaks for computing entitlement benefits, okay? well, today boehner was very firm. his message for president obama, the ball is in your court. >> the president and senate democrats have vowed to reject and veto all of our proposals while failing to offer responsible solutions of their own. what the president has offered so far simply won't do anything to solve our spending problem, and begin to address our nation's crippling debt. and he refuses to challenge the members of his party to deal honestly with the entitlement reform and big issues facing our nation. that's why we find ourselves here today. >> president obama did not mention fiscal cliff talks in his weekly address. the president's christmas break in hawaii may be quick. he is planning to return to washington right after christmas. brianna key lore keilar in honolulu. what happens now, is it at a
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standoff or are the lines of communication open during the holidays? >> well, right now, the lines of communication are open, certainly between president obama and the white house. and not necessarily speaker boehner, although there is some sort of lines of communication. but really, the ball is not in boehner's court anymore. it is president obama talking to the senate. he's talking to the senate democratic leader, harry reed, talking to move forward with some sort of smaller package to avert those tax hikes that are set to kick in. and obviously there's going to need to be some buy-in from the senate minority leader, republican mitch mcconnell. so that's where things stand. and president obama is actually hopeful that something could still be pulled off. listen. >> nobody can get 100% of what they want. and this is not simply a contest between parties in terms of who looks good and who doesn't. call me a hopeless optimist.
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but i actually still think we can get it done. >> reporter: now, of course, if the senate were to pass something and reconvene on december 27th, don, it would also then need to pass the house. but the expectation is that whatever would be worked out in the senate, if it is, would pass the house hopefully not just with republican support, but it would need democratic support, as well. and just to be clear, the thing that president obama and speaker boehner were working towards was a much bigger package, trying to deal with deficit reduction that would have dealt with these tax hikes, spending cuts, trying to work out a plan for entitlement reform and tax reform. what's now being worked out is to avert those tax hikes. as president obama wants it, he wants it up to folks earning $250,000, and also wants to deal with unemployment insurance getting that he can extended for unemployed americans but that bigger stuff kicked down the road. >> brianna, will americans actually see their paychecks affected january 1st without a deal? >> reporter: if no deal, that is
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not expected. technically, the tax hikes would go into effect then, don. but there would be a whole lot of pressure on washington to act, even if we were to go over the fiscal cliff. and because of that, payroll processors would wait to use the new math, if you will. and a lot of people wouldn't see an increase in the taxes taken out of their paychecks until late january or early february when it was clear that the fiscal cliff was here to stay. >> brianna, i am not by nature a jealous person at all. but are you in waikiki? is that waikiki? because i was just there for thanksgiving. >> reporter: not too bad, huh? >> i'm hating you to so much right now. congratulations on that assignment. brianna keilar. protests in the streets. police turned water can nons on men, women and children outraged over a brutal attack. and a former u.s. marine has been set free in mexico. but an american businessman has
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another weekend of violence and explosions and death in syria. this is damascus. at least five people were killed today when a powerful car bomb blew up in this residential neighborhood. it tore apart apartment buildings and filled the streets with debris. government blames rebel fighters for setting off the bomb. at least 30 people died in attacks across syria today. half of them in damascus.
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this is new delhi, india. riot police blasting protesters with high-pressure water hoses trying to break up a rally against the government. people are furious after a woman was reportedly gang raped last weekend. women are not safe in new dehli and other cities in india. it's one of our top stories this hour on cnn. a former u.s. marine and war veteran is released from a mexican prison. he spent four months there without a trial on a questionable gun charge. he describes conditions there and his treatment as deplorable. another american family is desperately trying to bring home steven knight, an american who has been in a mexican prison more than a year. cnn's rafael romo has his story. >> reporter: this is what steven knight looked like in october of last year. the american entrepreneur says he has since lost 60 pounds and suffers from health problems.
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he contacted cnn by phone from the mexican prison where he is being held. >> living conditions -- basically five people. we shower, we eat and live in -- at 12. >> reporter: he was arrested at night as he was trying to fly back to the united states with 950,000 did you in cash. he is being tried for money laundering. but knight says the cash was legitimate. >> it's preposterous. i sold a vessel, which they're fully aware of. they seized the vessel, stamped my papers. >> reporter: knight says they paid the first half of the transaction with a check. for the second and final payment, the buyer chose cash. knight was arrested, along with walter steevens, his friend and boat captain. they're both being held in the same cell with three other people. >> it's horrible, living in hell
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every day. in the u.s., we treat our dogs better than we're treated here. >> reporter: knight's attorney says his client complied with regulations by disclosing to mexican customs the fact he was carrying large amount of cash. court documents appear to confirm that was the case. >> i'm not sure, with all tu respect, the mexican government has a case. they were in the midst of a transaction. and they broke the transaction into two parts. complied with all laws and regulations, including those of the united states. >> reporter: meanwhile, in the united states, knight's family is desperately trying to bring him home. >> what would you say to those who doubt that your brother is innocent? >> well, the bottom line is that he had no -- he had no reason to do -- to do that. he has -- had a successful career, he's got a great home. everything was going well. all he had is a boat he wanted
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to sell. and that's exactly the transaction. >> reporter: after arresting knight in october of last year, the mexican federal police issued a statement, saying in addition to being a money laundering suspect, he has a criminal record for drug trafficking in the united states. knight admits he served time in prison for selling marijuana. but that was more than 30 years ago. >> i was a young man and i made a mistake and i paid my dues and came out and became a member of society and i worked. and i built companies sometimes employing 200 people. >> reporter: knight's attorney says using cash for such a large transaction was probably a mistake. but certainly not a crime. >> was cash really the best way to do it, would it have been better to wire transfer? in hindsight, i think you and i would sit here and say probably so. but that doesn't make it illegal. >> reporter: multiple calls and an e-mail to the mexican federal prosecutor's office for a comment about knight's case have not been returned. the trial has dragged on for several months.
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and knight fears his health will worsen if he doesn't return home soon. rafael romo, cnn, atlanta. the family of a young girl killed in the newtown massacre asked people to honor her by wearing pink today. her favorite color. around the world, people did. we're going to talk about why people are so touched by events hundreds of even thousands miles away. that's next.
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as you learned about the shooting last friday in newtown, connecticut, then the subsequent memorials and funerals, the tributes, the outpouring of grief, but also support. it is clear the effects of one town's tragedy, it has radiated across the country, if not the world. and the effects of one day may last months, if not years to come. joining me from new york is clinical psychologist jeff gardere. great to have you back. someone said that about newtown, it is a town with ptsd. >> yes. >> i say we're a country right now with ptsd. >> absolutely. everyone is feeling this. when you look at hurricane sandy and what happened in newtown, these were the grinches that stole christmas. a lot of people don't even realize that christmas is on
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tuesday. they're just oblivious. we don't see a lot of decorations. people really are grieving, don. >> i said a moment ago this is having a broader effect. how significant are those effects? you told us earlier about a group of parents in new york that you spoke to who were just weeping over this. >> absolutely. everyone i know has been affected. they still have not been able to come back from it. and they're still processing because they don't know what happened. and with this shooter taking his life and taking his mom's life, they feel that they've been cheated out of any kind of justice or understanding what happened. >> one of the young girls who died in newtown is emilie parker. her family invited people to wear pink today. this is her favorite color. and we're told around the world people did exactly that today in her honor. what is it about this moment, a moment like this, that people are compelled to participate like this? >> it's extremely cathartic.
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it allows people to grieve and be empowered to do so, instead of sitting and internalizing a lot of their feelings. it shows sympathy, it shows empathy. it shows the people who suffered directly that we suffer with them. and that we are their brothers and sisters, their mothers and fathers, their friends. we feel for them. >> so i have to just, you know -- i'm always transparent. i didn't even put up a tree this year after this. the last christmas thing i did was the white house, which was the day this happened. and then went to connecticut. and i just don't feel like celebrating. and i'm sure a lot of people are feeling that. people all over the country have been hit hard by this, they're upset, they're crying. maybe they should be seeking out moments like the tribute to emilie parker to help them through those painful emotions. >> that is a very positive thing to do. because if nothing else, it
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enables us to be able to talk and express that grief. and like you, don, i haven't put up a tree. and my kids said to me today, my four children, dad, when are you going to do this? when are you going to put up a tree, when are we going to try to enjoy this holiday? and i had to break down and actually do that, go out and get the tree, start playing the christmas music. and i think that's what we all need to do. we need to start celebrating the holidays, but certainly doing it as a tribute to those who are no longer with us. and we need to celebrate their wonderful, their beautiful lives, and certainly cherish the memories we have of them, especially the family who are very close to them. >> and with that, with those words, thank you, jeff gardere. >> sure, don. the men and women we elect to serve us in washington can't seem to agree on anything. and now another divisive issue coming to capitol hill. the story from washington, straight ahead. this is america.
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each other. boehner back home in ohio. the president and his family in his native hawaii. he is planning to return to washington after christmas. it's official. bp oil company will pay up to the tune of $7.8 billion. that's a class action settlement amount. they agreed to pay to about 100,000 businesses and individuals for the biggest oil spill in american history. a federal judge formlized the settlement yesterday. a lot of gulf coast residents opted out of the class action suit and are pursuing lawsuits of their own. a former marine who spent more than four months in a mexican prison is free today, and heading home to florida. jon hammar was locked up in august on weapons charges. his family says he was physically abused in custody, threatened and chained to a bed and never saw a judge. u.s. lawmakers and diplomats got involved on hammar's behalf and convinced mexican authorities to release him. the last victims of the connecticut mass shooting are being laid to rest. funerals for three little girls were held today, but as families said their final goodness, the
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debate over gun control heating up. on friday, the national rifle association weighed in, making it clear that the organization would not budge an inch on gun control. and we're learning more details about yesterday's shooting spree in central pennsylvania. yes, another shooting spree. this one left two men and one woman dead. police found the three victims at three separate places after the alleged gunman was killed in a shootout with state troopers. officials are still trying to learn the relationships between the gunman and the victims. they don't believe they were relatives. and while shootings like the one in newtown and, of course, that one in newtown, connecticut are universally condemned as tragedies, there is no universally accepted solution how to prevent them. but as emily schmidt explains, several lawmakers have their own strong feelings about what the shrugs should be. emily. >> reporter: for a few moments after the newtown shooting,
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words weren't needed. [ bell tolling ] >> reporter: he put joe biden in charge of a task force to look at issues repeated connected with mass shootings. the white house supports reinstating the weapons assault ban that expired in 2004, limiting high-capacity magazines and implementing universal background checks. >> there is no more uphill fight than this. the question is, do we fight or do we knuckle under? we're not knuckle-underers. we're just not going to knuckle under. >> reporter: senator diane fi feinstein says she will push for the ban, even as the senator has said it's time to reexamine some gun control laws. >> as a proud defender of this second amendment, as a proud member of the nra, you know, we should question and look and see if there is a better way to do
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this. >> reporter: add that political shift to new polls showing more public support for gun control, and it sounds like an equation for change, right? >> that's not how laws are passed in the united states. we have a bicameral system that slows down the process. that's the way it was designed, and it does a very good job of it. >> reporter: and political observer larry sabato says when it comes to understanding the process, the national rifle association with its 4.3 million members, does it well. >> they're active in all 50 states. that's what makes a difference in the end, and that's why it's going to be difficult to get anything through. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> reporter: the nra ended a week of virtual silence friday by announcing it's creating a program to get more armed guards into schools, and calling on congress to provide funding for that security at every school. >> why is the idea of a gun good
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when it's used to protect the president of our country, or our police, but bad when it's used to protect our children in our schools? >> reporter: the nra did not talk about gun control, which sparked more debate. people on both sides say their differences couldn't be greater. any new law would mean bridging that divide which no mass shooting up to this point has been able to do. don? >> emily, thank you very much. tomorrow, senator joe lieberman joins our candy crowley to talk about the culture of violence in america. she will also be joined by former congressman, acea hutchinson, head of the national school shield program. that's "state of the union" sunday 9:00 and noon eastern here on cnn. listen to this. a woman fired because her boss found her attractive and irresistible, and the highest court in one state says it was not discrimination.
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we're going to talk about it with our resident lawyer. but first this. at 24, greta russler has her bachelor's degree, figuring out how to pay for it wasn't easy. >> i only applied to two schools, both in state. because those were the only ones that were really going to be a reality. >> reporter: she chose georgia state university, where a four-year degree costs just over $21,000. she earned a scholarship to cover tuition. loans and a part-time job paid for living expenses and study abroad. >> i ate a lot more rammen that i am proud to admit. i had a mattress on my bedroom floor. my clothes were kept in boxes on a bookshelf in my closet. i was living the college life. >> reporter: russler graduated last year with $7,000 in loans, well below the national average of nearly $24,000. she did all the right things. you have to keep the debt down in the first place.
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therapy aimed at turning gay minors street. in california, for the first time a law was designed to stop the practice. the ban on so-called conversion therapy would go into effect
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january 1. but a federal appeals court has put the brakes on the ban. the emergency injunction means the therapy can continue for now. i have a question for you. can a boss fire an employee he finds attractive because he and his wife sees her as a threat? to their marriage? yes. according to the iowa supreme court. the case centers around melissa nelson and her employment as a dental assistant. nelson worked for dentist james knight for more than ten years. but near the end of her employment, she was told her clothing was too tight, and it was distracting. so melissa nelson joins us live at 7:00 p.m. in our next hour here on cnn. i want to tell you that. but this hour holly hughes joins us, a criminal defense attorney. the court called her, holly, irresistible attraction. >> well, let's just start with that, okay? >> how does this come into the decision? her attractiveness was
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irresistible? >> that's what this deny temperature claimed when he fired her. and he said the reason i fired her, my wife was getting jealous. and we didn't do anything. but i thought she was so attractive, i thought i might do something in the future if she continued to work with me. my wife thought the same thing so i fired her. your gut reaction as a human being, don. i saw that headline, and i was like, what, are you kidding? your gut reaction is that is ridiculous. read the decision of the iowa supreme court and basically what they're saying is, look, you weren't fired because you were a woman. you were fired because you're a good-looking woman. and that's a difference. that's not gender discrimination. that's like pretty discrimination. >> that's hating. >> right, right, exactly. >> all right. so let's look at her. everyone is like -- all right. so we've held the audience in expense long enough. where is this picture. >> okay. she's a pretty lady. she's a pretty lady. but here's the thing. >> and she gave us this picture. i think she is a very attractive woman. >> she is. >> beautiful kid, of course. >> but she worked there for ten years. and all of a sudden now the wife is getting -- and mind you,
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there is no -- neither side says there is a relationship. there has been no flirting, there has been no nothing. every once in a while they would send each other texts. >> she didn't go into work like virginia vroom. >> that's right. and once or twice -- the parties agree, once or twice he said to her, gee, that's an awful tight blouse, put a lab coat on which she immediately did. put the lab coat on, okay, i covered up. i'm not wearing something -- >> this court -- the lower court's decision. does she have any recourse? >> sure. this is the iowa state supreme court. so what she can do is take it up, because it is a federal issue. she can appeal to a higher court. not sure she is going to have much luck. i read the decision of the iowa supreme court and the way they based it was, hey, so any time you fire a female who is the least bit attractive, she can make this claim and that's a slippery slope and we don't want to go there. it is one of those places, don, where the law and common
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sense just don't meet up. a lot of times you just look at it and go, is it fair, is it not fair? and the law is usually on the right side. here, not on the right side. >> most people will say, if people wear inappropriate clothing to work, skirt too short -- >> but that's not the case here. >> it makes people uncomfortable. that's not the case. but for being attractive -- she's an attractive woman. god gave her that. what do you do? >> exactly right. and because he's having a problem with it, he fires her. just doesn't seem fair, does it? >> is it because he's the boss, maybe? no? >> no, it's because his wife said get rid of her. so who is the boss? >> listen, don't go to work if you're pretty. >> and you've got a male boss and a jealous wife. >> she is going to join us at 7:00. she is going to talk to us about it. i can't wait to hear what she has to say. >> great interview. fascinating. >> thank you, holly. >> absolutely. hero cop. incredible story. a police officer leaps into frigid water to try and save a woman from drowning. [music: artist: willy moon song: "yeah yeah" label: universal]
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all right. white christmas is in the forecast for much of the country with snowy scenes spreading across the country. [ wind blowing ] it started with a blizzard in iowa, and more than a foot of snow in wisconsin. now the system that brought misery to the midwest moving east. it is bringing lots of snow to western pennsylvania and upstate new york. many folks are used to maneuvering around snow drift, but the weather just before the holidays is threatening a lot of travel plans. meteorologist alexandria steele and our weather center with more. alexandra? >> well, don, a lot of happy kids around. take a look at where we're going to see a white christmas around the country. meteorologically, a white christmas is having an inch of snow on the ground christmas morning. and with all the snow we've had, we're certainly going to see that. where will we see the snow or rain falling christmas? here's the forecast for the northeast tuesday. believe it or not, new york and
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boston with temperatures in the 30s may see some snow showers. but on the whole in the northeast, we'll see dry, partly sunny conditions. in the southeast, it looks more rain than snow, some rain in new orleans and nashville and atlanta. temperatures just a teeny bit below average. but around the balance of the country, very cold temperatures. 5 in fargo, dry skies. minneapolis, as well. rain, seattle to portland, down to medford. and believe it or not, even san francisco, finally sees a dry day tuesday. but then more rain comes in. why? what we're looking at is this area of low pressure. you're going to see, this is sunday. so for tomorrow, wet weather comes down to san francisco once again. and then on monday, into tuesday, an area of low pressure develops here in the southeast. so rain and christmas in the southeast. but, don, what we could see is this climb to the north wednesday and thursday and potentially in the northeast, bring another snowstorm. we'll have to watch that. >> thank you, alexandra. and look at this. ah. let's just look at this for a
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moment. waikiki. you see diamond head in the background. look at those paddle boarders. that was me less than a month ago for thanksgiving. yes, i'm jealous and i'm hating it, brianna keilar's assignment. what do you think the temperature is there, 80-some degrees? that is paradise. mean time, blizzards back here. lower 48. okay. so it's cold out there. real cold. and this time of the year, the one place you definitely don't want to be is in boston harbor. so watch this. that man you see there is a police officer, his name is edward norton. this was captured on a cell phone, jumping into a freezing ft. point channel in freezing four-point channel and torrential downpours there to rescue a woman who had fallen in. >> somebody had been giving life preservers, to help rescue, i
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was able to hold on to that while she was holding on to the life preserver, while holding myself up with the raft that was out there. >> good for you, officer, nobody was seriously hurt. and officer norton says it was all in a day's work. worse apocalypse ever, or not. somebody has some serious explaining to do. brianna
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kei . you may have noticed, we're all still here. the december 21st 2012 apocalypse now turned out to be apocalypse no, leave off the "w." now, when people argued about the significance of the so-called end of the mayan calendar, others waited for a giant event, like the magnetic fire ball, or for the poles to reverse, or for jersey shores to get another season. thank goodness, those things didn't happen. but how can that be? some people were so convinced the apocalypse would arrive yesterday, josh levs has some explaining to do, because josh, you told me the mayan calendar was right, and i should go out and party last night, and look what happened. i'm hung over.
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>> by the way, this is not what the whole world looks like right now. the whole world is not even on fire. >> maybe we were imagining it. >> maybe we were all sucked into a black hole. you know what happened here, david letterman, take a look. >> mayan word for apocalypse, very similar to mayan word for "apple crisp." number four, when justin bieber and selena broke up. >> there you go. i want you to know how many people believe it. the survey found 2% of americans said they believed the world would end based on a prediction by mayans. but nasa explained they never said that. >> none of the ruins were examined, for telling the end of
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the world? this was a different interpreting of it. take a look, the calendar was to reset on other about december 1th, 2012. the world was not going to end, this was just going to be a new calendar. this is an apocalypse-like area that nasa has had to fight off. some people believe that a planet is on a collision course with the earth. nasa sa no, it is not. this is a gamma ray, when a star collapses, incredibly powerful rays break off. super nova, in the way it would affect earth, lots of people believe it will continue to happen. and there is a spread of the doomsday areas, all the way back
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to early times. >> end the world as we know it. i feel fine, because it didn't happen. >> you know what? here is the thing, this is why it is not going anywhere. one third of americans, public relations institute believes the natural disasters are a sign of the bible, and 13% believe tell world is going to end in their lifetime. so don, the conspiracy theories and the apocalypse theories are already beginning. i am getting calls, they're saying no, it is really going to be next week or january or february, so get ready. >> must have hired the same people as karl rove. >> i get that, thank you scrape and what is next, i'll talk to some people who are preparing for another doomsday scenario, global economic collapse. and aside from the fiscal cliff, the battle in washington could hit you, the price of milk,
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higher. we'll explain.
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